… chalks up back-to-back victories within three daysTEAM Coco’s Hamzah Eastman yesterday won the annual R&R International Cycle Road race to chalk up back-to-back victories withing three days,after winning the Courts Guyana Limited sponsored 30-mile road race in Berbice on Thursday last.He won in one hour, 31 minutes 36 seconds,ahead of his teammate Jamal John, Team Evolution’s Michael Anthony, Continental Wheelers’ Geron Williams, Shaquele Agard and Alonzo Ambrose. In the process, Eastman also won three of the six prime prizes that were up for grabs, while John won the other three.On Thursday, Eastman won the Flying Ace Cycle Club organized 30-mile race in one hour 01.50 seconds in an event that brought out most of the country’s top riders.In yesterday’s event, Eastman had to battle to stave off a strong challenge from six other top riders which included the other top five finishers.After being sent on their way from outside the Ocean View International Hotel, there was an eight-man group that made a break at Plaisance;a group that comprised Anthony, John, Silvio Inniss who fell on the way up at Happy Acres, Shaquel Agard and Andrew Hicks.The eight riders stayed together,inter-changing the lead,however,at Beterverwagting, Williams, Hicks and Ambrose broke from the peloton and joined John and Anthony at Mahaica new road and after turning back, Eastman and Andrew Hicks went out and was only caught by the main chasing pack at Lusignan.From there the pack of seven raced to the finish line, but it was Eastman who prevailed to take the top prize.In other placements from yesterday’s race, Curtis Dey of Berbice won the junior category ahead of Jason Cameron and Adeleli Hidge respectively, while Junior Niles won the veterans’ category ahead of paul Cho-Wee-Nam and Stephen Fernandes respectively.The mountain bike category was won by Oziah McAulley. Second was Michael Holder.The presentation of prizes to the respective winners was done by the race’s sponsor Jacob Rambarran, a former cyclist.The event was organised by Hassan Mohamed.
The office of the President Pro-tempore has termed as false and misleading media reports that there are plans by the Liberian Senate to obtain majority vote to unseat the Grand Bassa County Senator, Gbehzohngar M. Findley from his post as President Pro-tempore of the Senate.A release from Sen. Findley’s office said that contrary to speculation, the Pro-temp enjoys the explicit confidence of his fellow Senators and has “operated astutely within the confines of the laws and rules governing that body, with all fundamental and national assignments properly executed.”The release further stated that since Senator Findley’s election by members of the Senate, “the Grand Bassa Senator has demonstrated impeccable administrative ability in governing the affairs of the Liberian Senate; something which has been attested to by his colleagues.”“Senator Findley, with support of his fellow Senators, remains focused on helping to propagate mechanisms geared towards curbing the deadly Ebola outbreak and will not be deterred by the unfounded speculation of unseating him.“At no time has the Senate Pro-tempore reduced the sitting of the Liberian Senate into a cheering squad of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, therefore terming the article captioned ‘Senate To Boot Findley Out’ published in the Thursday, October 30, 2014, edition of the Daily Observer newspaper, as a deceptive, fabrication and stage-managed reportage intended to undermine the credibility of the Grand Bassa lawmaker.”They further said that the Liberian Senate remains a responsible body of elders, who will not compromise the health of the Liberian people by diverting from the fight against the ‘killer Ebola virus.’ “It is regrettable for a respectable newspaper to use such quote saying, ‘Since winning that heavily contested poll, the Grand Bassa independent candidate has been struggling to stamp his authority in the operations of the house of elders, causing him to lose full control of power.”Contrary to those assertions, Senator Findley has professionally handled the operations of the Liberian Senate in accordance with its standing rules and governing proceedings; and will never subject that body to public disrepute or any form of disrespect.And for the record, Sen. Findley has never struggled; rather he has perfectly discharged his national duties accordingly,” the release noted.Meanwhile, the Daily Observer maintains that the publication is credible and due diligence, as pointed out by Senator Findley, was accorded to the extent that reaction from the Pro Temp’s office was mentioned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Donegal community is celebrating after Coillte agreed to back out of a plan to put a road through a forest which is home to a colony of red squirrels.Locals living close to Lis na Gra woods in Muff on the Inishowen Peninsula had feared the plans would drive away the animals.The group were supported in their campaign by RTE’s ‘Living With Wildlife’ presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson. The state forestry agency had plans to put a road through theforest to access a crop of Sitka Spruce trees which they planned toharvest.But today campaigners were left delighted when Coillte revealed they will be using a different entry to the woods.A current planning application will be withdrawn and plans for a new access road away from the squirrels’ habitat will be submitted.The 100-acre forest is home to a family of dozens of the red squirrelsand has become a visiting point for thousands of families hoping tocatch a glimpse of the animals. Emmy Award-winning film-maker Stafford was one of more than 2,500people who have signed a petition to save the squirrels.Local businessman and environmentalist, Bren Whelan, says the campaign has been a huge success.“I’m delighted that there has been a positive outcome to our discussions with Coillte representatives at Lis Na Gra last week”.“A withdrawal of their planning application to build a forest road is the best possible outcome for the woodlands and its wildlife”“The amount of support from both the public and media, for the woodland at Lis Na Gra, is reflective of Lis na Gra’s unique status in not only Donegal, but also on the island of Ireland as a sanctuary for the native red squirrels, plus many other wildlife species “ “This has been a collective community effort, which caught the attention of people and the media all across Ireland and the UK.“Going forward I am encouraged that Coillte’s plans for the future of Lis na Gra look positive for the woodlands and wildlife within”“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank John Murray and Colin Stafford-Johnston of the award winning wildlife documentary Wild Ireland, who assisted greatly in supporting this campaign.”Delight as Coillte withdraw plans to put road through squirrel habitat was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Colin Stafford-Johnsondonegalsquirrels